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Paola Diaz
I'm a friendly and enthusiastic teacher of Spanish who loves teaching, learning and studying. I'm a teacher of English and Spanish. I've studied to teach both languages. I really enjoy teaching Spanish and showing my culture to all those who want to learn. I've been teaching for 23 years and I've been tutoring online for 5 years. So, I'm patient and enthusiastic. When I teach, I cater for communication and I try to develop the intercultural competence in all my students. I'm a M.A. in Contemporary Literature written in English. I wrote my thesis on the novel The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera. I love tea. In fact I'm a tea sommelier (I have a certificate) and I enjoy tasting different teas and blends. I'm fond of nature and outdoor activities. I'm interestered in literature and films, especially in The Hunger Games and Star Wars (my kids names start with LS like Luke and Leia Skywalker). Lower level: English as a second language and Spanish GSCE: Spanish A levels: Spanish Higher level: Spanish Languages: Spanish native speaker and teacher. English (I'm a graduated EFL teacher and MA in Contemporary Literature written in English and Fulbrighter) Preferred student age  group: Any I get on well with children, teenagers and adults.
English, Spanish
Lydia Evans
Lower Level: Beginner's Japanese, Beginner's French, Beginner's Russian GCSE: French, Russian, Japanese, English Language A-Level: English Language, Russian, Japanese Exam Board Experience: AQA: French, English Language Edexcel: Japanese, Russian Languages: British English (native speaker), Japanese (N3 certificate and university level, estimated B2), Russian (university level, estimated B2/C1), French (A-Level) Preferred Student Age Group: GCSE/A-Level (Any) About me: I'm an enthusiastic language student, musician and budding fantasy-sci-fi writer set to graduate this winter with at least a 2:1 in Japanese and Russian from the University of Leeds. During my studies, I've been lucky enough to have the opportunity to help people in Japan and Russia improve their English skills so I understand how daunting languages can be. Whether you're hoping to improve your school grades, preparing for your exams, or just curious about learning a new language, I can tailor our classes to focus on the areas of language you struggle with the most and encourage relaxed communication from the start so you have the confidence to more freely use either your French, Japanese or Russian. I can also aid in English Language, particularly at A-Level.
English, French, Japanese, Russian
James Kenny
GCSE Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, IT Uni Level: Java Programming, Computer Science, Web Design & Development Exam Board exp: AQA / Edexcel / Cambridge English Experience with: KS1 / KS2 / KS3 / 11+ Languages: Basic Mandarin, Basic Portuguese Exp with disabilities/special needs: None Preferred student age group: 5-11 About me: I'm James, I'm 29 years old and come from Cambridge in the UK. I now live and run a small business in Porto, Portugal. I study STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with the Open University UK and will graduate next year. I've been an English teacher for more than 5 years, I lived and taught in China for two years, and have been teaching online for the last three years. Alongside English I also love teaching science and computer programming. In my free time, I love to travel, skateboard, ski, snowboard, watch football and I'm a serious computer gamer!
Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English
Paige Bachra
I am an English Literature student at the University of Birmingham. I really enjoy English and it can be a really fun subject to learn as well as teach. I found that at school my teachers made the subject enjoyable so much so that I got a grade 9 in English Literature GCSE and a grade 8 in English Language as well as a grade A at A-level. Therefore, I aim to help students improve their grades by making learning enjoyable because when something is difficult to learn it can be difficult to want to understand and persevere. As a Tutor, it is important to understand areas of struggle and help to adapt them in a way more accessible to the student.
Fintan Dineen
GCSE: English, R.E, Drama A-Level: English, Drama Uni Level: English, Drama, Performance studies Exam board exp: AQA / Edexcel Experience with: KS2 / KS3 / A-Level Exp with disabilities/special needs: Exp with autism, ADHD, learning difficulties. Preferred student age group: KS2, KS3 About me: I am an award winning playwright and poet with a natural love of literature. I often work with children, young people and marginalised communities on theatre, creative writing and literacy projects. My role has always been to help young learners find their voice, express themselves clearly and build up their academic confidence. I have over four years worth of experience working as a teaching assistant in primary, secondary and SEN schools. Aside from my work I love music, philosophy, arts and culture, cycling and (unfortunately) Arsenal F.C.
Sam Jayaparan
About me: Currently a university student who enjoys teaching in my spare time. Some of my hobbies include playing badminton, painting and language learning. Subjects taught: Lower level (primary school): English, Maths, 11+ (verbal & non-verbal reasoning) KS3: English, Maths Preferred student age group: Primary - KS3
11+, English, Maths (Primary)

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How English tutoring improves students' confidence

An online English tutor can be beneficial for many reasons. Tutoring helps students with their English-related skills, such as reading and writing which are fundamental English language skills that are vital throughout school and university - regardless of the subject they're studying.

Students might worry that English tuition will be hard work and boring. However, with an English tutor from GoStudent, online lessons can be tailored to the students' needs. Studying English can really be fun!

A private English tutor can be crucial for students who are studying English (or linguistics). These kinds of online classes teach how the English language is used as well as its history and development. An English tutor can be very beneficial as they provide students with the support they need to get better grades at school or university.

Another benefit of online tutoring is that it helps with vocabulary skills. Learning new words and definitions will help you in any subject, not just English class. Students will be able to communicate their thoughts clearly and confidently with a large vocabulary and mastery of the English language.

To summarise, having an English tutor can help with both English language skills and improving grades. It also helps students understand the English language better which makes it easier for them to learn new words and concepts. Try private English tutoring and look forward to becoming an English expert in no time.

The advantages of studying English

The study of English refers to the study of language and literature. Studying the English language involves more technical aspects such as grammar and vocabulary. Whereas English literature focuses on text analysis and creative writing.

English literature is just as varied as the students who study it. There are a lot of different authors and works that are studied in schools. Some students focus on Shakespeare while others focus on Chaucer or Jane Austen. The best part is, there's something for everyone.

English is one of the most essential subjects in the national curriculum. All students are required to pass English exams at primary while English also makes up one of the three core GCSE subjects.

Studying an undergraduate or master's course in English is also hugely rewarding. Students not only learn a great deal about the English language, they will also be introduced to radically different ways of understanding and explaining the world.

List of benefits of studying English:

  • A broad understanding of English literature as a whole

  • A broad understanding of the English language as a whole

  • Easier to gain work in English related jobs

  • Knowledge and insight into other cultures and worldviews

  • Build academic networks

  • New insight into other disciplines

  • Cultural knowledge and understanding

Apart from broadening cultural and linguistic knowledge, studying English can also open the door to a wide range of career opportunities such as:

  • Teacher

  • Editor

  • Writer or journalist

  • Lawyer

There is an ever growing English teaching job market. There’s potential for people who study English to teach English either at home or even overseas where the demand might be higher than in their home country.

English tuition for primary school

Having a private English tutor at primary school is an excellent way to maintain a good standard of English and prepare for the future. Studying reading and writing will help students with their English language skills in general. Furthermore, learning about different authors and works may very well ignite a passion for reading and creative writing, laying the foundation for studying English at a higher level.

When students are in primary school, English tutors can help them develop their skills and understand the subject more. Pupils can work on English comprehension with an English tutor- which could lead to better results at secondary level, reducing the need for more intense tuition when it comes to exam time.

English exam preparation and English revision classes

GCSE exams are the qualifications students take at the age of 16. GCSE English is considered to provide a solid foundation for studying more advanced humanities courses at a higher level. Some of the skills taught throughout the GCSE course are writing essays, reading comprehension and text analysis.

GCSE English focuses on two different texts and tests students’ understanding of both, as well as their analytical skills. One text is modern, potentially a poem or play from the twentieth century, while the other is an older piece, like Shakespeare or Austen.

The GCSE exam also includes an unseen essay that tests students' ability to write a variety of pieces, such as a persuasive text.

Preparing for the GCSE English exam with a tutor will help students understand the vital elements of essay writing such as structure, language and grammar

If students who study English at GCSE level choose to go on and study English Language & Literature at A-level, it's extremely important for them to achieve a solid GCSE foundation.

A good way to do so is by working together with a tutor. English tutors are a great option for students who want to get ahead in their studies. Not only will they work with a tutor on a one on one basis, they will boost their confidence and passion for the subject.

Beyond GCSE there is of course English A level. The importance of studying English at a higher level should not be underestimated. English skills are used by almost everyone in their day to day life - from communicating with colleagues and authorities, writing formal texts and letters, to expressing yourself effectively, mastery of the English language is a valuable skill.

An English A level is a qualification that focuses on the study of English literature, poetry and drama. It's one of the most popular qualifications studied in schools as it combines literary elements with language study.

English A level is assessed in two parts: coursework and exams. Exams require students to analyse texts, considering things like historical context and the social and moral codes of the era. Many students struggle with these complex texts and themes but help is available. An English tutor can help students develop their skills and knowledge so that they are fully prepared for the exams ahead of time.

English tuition can be useful both for the coursework and the final exam. Here's what English tutors are able to provide:

  • Exam technique training

  • Essay writing practice

  • Speaking, listening and vocabulary development

Online English tutoring at degree level

An English degree is a broad course that covers many different texts and subjects from different periods. It can be studied as an undergraduate or master's degree, and the course includes analysis of the following:

  • Poetry

  • Drama

  • Prose fiction (novels)

  • Non fiction

An English degree also includes the study of linguistics, which is the scientific analysis of language. Students can choose to focus on subjects such as medieval English literature or contemporary English literature as part of the course.

At undergraduate level, there is a large amount of writing involved with each course, and students are required to produce essays of at least 2500 words. The English tutors available with GoStudent are on hand and can help with essay planning and provide further writing support.

There are many different research areas that students can specialize in with an English degree. Some fields of study include literature, linguistics and writing studies.

A list of some of the most popular English research fields include:

  • English and American novels

  • English Renaissance

  • English Victorianism

The best part is, English is a very flexible subject and students can choose what they want to focus on!

In addition, there are many different types of English research areas that students might be interested in. Some fields include literary history; creative writing studies; comparative literature or even linguistics.

At GoStudent we have English tutors available who are qualified and experienced at university level. We have the right tutor for you no matter what your speciality may be.

An online English tutor can also help students discover their own personal interests and create a learning programme that covers any part of the curriculum they feel like they need to focus on. English tutors can also help students understand where their weaknesses are in their written work and help them to improve their writing style.